James Schneider

I am a former trade editor with decades of experience writing for various audiences. My work has primarily focused on architecture/construction and includes case studies, technical articles, and marketing material. I am fast and thorough. Recently published in Retrofit, Qualified Remodeler, and Metalmag, under bylines Allen Barry and Henry Burke.

Chicago Bulls Practice Facility | CENTRIA

Chicago is a city that takes great pride in its architectural legacy. For more than a century, the Midwestern metropolis has remained on the cutting edge of design. It is also a city with a great tradition of championships and excellence in every major sport. Chicago fans take special pride in their hometown Chicago Bulls, a team that has had one of the most dominant runs in NBA history. When the time came to build a new state-of-the-art practice facility for the Bulls, it was an opportunity f

CENTRIA | Boeing Delivery Center

As one of the world’s largest aerospace manufacturers, Boeing goes the extra mile to ensure its customers feel appreciated. When Boeing commissioned a building to better facilitate the handover of aircraft to its customers, the company knew the project had to be special. Architectural firm CJMW Architecture, as part of a joint venture with Turner Construction and KBR Building Group, was tapped to realize this vision in the Boeing South Carolina Delivery Center in North Charleston, South Carolin

Sustainability-Minded Non-Profits Work to Upgrade Their Buildings to Net-Zero Energy

The concept of net-zero energy building is ambitious. It also represents the very essence of sustainability. To truly live sustainably is to operate within the parameters of a natural system, without taking anything from it or leaving anything harmful behind. Net-zero buildings seek to do just that. Whether connected or off-grid, they are designed to produce as much energy as they use. There are many different ways to approach net zero. Some designs go all-in on renewable-energy production to h

Kansas City Church is Restored and Expands Its Role in the Community

In the early- to mid-1800s, two cities competed to be the major urban area west of St. Louis: the city of Kansas, which was a port on the Missouri River, and the city of Westport, which was where the wagon trains left. Westport was the departure point for the California, Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Ultimately, the city of Kansas became what we today know as Kansas City, and Westport was absorbed into it. Today, Westport is a hip, eclectic neighborhood with a mixture of homes, entertainment, rest

The Local Food Movement Inspires New Uses for Aging Buildings - Page 2 of 2

“Hope & Main began with one woman, Lisa Raiola. A cancer survivor, she found that nutrition was one of the key elements to her recovery and that our diets are full of a lot of unhealthy substances,” recalls Greg Spiess, principal at Greg Spiess AIA Architecture, Barrington, R.I. “She was really into nutrition and looking for a building to make into a nutrition center. What she came across was an old school the town had decommissioned. One thing led to another, and she was able to get a grant to

EPDs Provide a New Level of Environmental Transparency to Building Products - Page 2 of 3

Getting to an EPD is a regimented process, with checks and third-party verifications along the way. There has to be consistency in process and definitions to create a standard vocabulary for all products that pursue an EPD. That is where PCRs, or product category rules, come into play. A PCR defines the rules and requirements for EPDs in a certain product category. “An LCA of a product must be conducted according to the previously published PCR for the type of product being assessed. If a PCR d

Home reborn

Some remodels are a collection of upgrades and tweaks to an existing home, but others are nothing short of transformational. The Midvale Court House in Madison, Wis., is the latter of these. With the right mix of design and visual strategy, a run-of-the-mill house was reinvented as livable art. When they purchased the 1,685 sq.-ft. house, the owners knew it needed some work. It is located on a busy street and although it is set back in the lot and protected from traffic, the result is that the

Home reborn

Some remodels are a collection of upgrades and tweaks to an existing home, but others are nothing short of transformational. The Midvale Court House in Madison, Wis., is the latter of these. With the right mix of design and visual strategy, a run-of-the-mill house was reinvented as livable art. When they purchased the 1,685 sq.-ft. house, the owners knew it needed some work. It is located on a busy street and although it is set back in the lot and protected from traffic, the result is that the

Party kitchen

Austin homeowners transform their kitchen into a hybrid commercial-grade kitchen and open entertainment space. In most homes, the kitchen is much more than a place for food storage and preparation. It’s a gathering place, entertaining space, and a nexus for the entire house. The kitchen is just where people naturally come together. One family in Austin, Texas, sought to take this concept to the next level. Their existing kitchen, while large in terms of square footage, was somewhat closed off
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